David Ford MLA said: “This is the Alliance Party’s best ever result in a European election. It is proof that the Alliance message is resonating right across Northern Ireland and that people have responded positively to a pro-European candidate.
“It is a clear indication that more and more people want to see an end to the politics of ‘us and them’ and wish to step forward and help Alliance create a politics for everyone. While people have been declaring that we would be wiped out in these elections, it gives me great pride to see the Party continuing to grow in strength.
“I would like to congratulate Anna on a very well fought election and thank all those who have campaigned for her. In this election we urged people to aim high and vote Lo and these results show what can be achieved when people step forward.”